Vol. 7, No. 12, June 12, 2014


Team USA wins the Water Innovation Challenge
ASPE is pleased to announce that Team USA emerged victorious over competitor Team Australia in the inaugural Water Innovation Challenge held during International Water Week in Singapore on June 3-5. The multi-disciplined Team USA was comprised of students and professionals under the age of 26 and was led by William N. Erickson, an ASPE member and a Vice President of ASPE’s Research Foundation. Judith Torres, an associate member of ASPE who works as a Graduate Mechanical Engineer for Progressive AE in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was chosen as the engineer member of the team by the ASPE Board of Directors. Another ASPE member, Douglas Nelson, PE, an instructor at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, served as an advisor to the team. More>>

Virtual conference announced for the 2014 ASPE Convention & Exposition
ASPE hopes to see you at the 2014 Convention & Exposition in Chicago on September 20-24, but if you can’t make it, you can still take advantage of the exciting technical education program through our new virtual conference. The 75-minute sessions will be broadcast live from the Convention, and each session offers 0.125 CEUs.

50th Anniversary sponsorship deadline is June 30
More than 70 individuals, ASPE chapters, engineering firms, and manufacturers have joined ASPE’s 50th Anniversary celebration by becoming a sponsor. To be recognized as a supporter of the plumbing engineering profession with your name or logo on ASPE’s 50th Anniversary webpage as well, you must sign up by June 30.

It’s not too late to learn new design skills in Kansas City next week
ASPE’s summer regional workshop tour visits Kansas City next week for two exciting events: a Revit MEP lecture on June 17 and a Green Plumbing Design workshop on June 18-19. The Revit workshop will help you optimize your project workflows and earn 0.75 CEUs. If you attend the Green Plumbing Design workshop, you can earn the prestigious new GPD designation offered by ASPE and IAPMO, but space is limited so register soon!

Network with fellow young professionals in Kansas City
ASPE Young Professionals (AYP) is also visiting Kansas City next week to sponsor a networking event for local young plumbing industry professionals. Kick back after work with your peers for this free happy hour event at the Fox & Hound on June 17. You can pre-register here. 

ASPE announces website upgrades 
Do you need to update your address or email in ASPE’s database? Now you can do it instantly online thanks to ASPE’s new online account form. Just log in to aspe.org and go to My Account to change any of the information listed. It’s that easy!

If you aren't a member but want to sign up, the online new member application has been streamlined based on your chosen membership category.

Also new: if you change your chapter affiliation, the vice president, membership of your former and new chapters are notified instantly.

Public review of WQA/ASPE S-803 ends tomorrow
Comments will be accepted until 11:59 EDT on June 13 for WQA/ASPE S-803: Sustainable Drinking Water Treatment Systems. ASPE also is accepting comments on WQA/ASPE S-802: Activated Carbon Media for Drinking Water Treatment until June 27 and WQA/ASPE S-801: Sustainable Management until July 11. You can download the drafts and the comment forms here.


Special webinar deal is available for ASPE members this month
Through the end of June, ASPE members can view the archived webinar "Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems: A Design Engineer's Perspective" and earn one hour of continuing education for just $35. That's half off the regular fee! Click here to take advantage of this cost-saving opportunity today.

UCLA Extension’s advanced plumbing system design courses start June 24
Registration is open for the following courses in UCLA Extension’s Advanced Plumbing Systems Design certificate program, which is sponsored by ASPE: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (onsite) and Solar Thermal Energy Solutions (online). Both are electives in the certificate program or can be taken individually by those looking to increase their design skills.


Charlotte Chapter life member passes away
George Payne Jr., PE, an ASPE member since 1969, passed away on May 23. He served in the Navy during World War II and worked as a mechanical engineer for United Engineering Group for more than three decades. In addition to ASPE, George was a member of ASHRAE and SFPE. The obituary is available here.

Rochester Chapter loses member to cancer
Jason Dredger, a Rochester Chapter member since 1996, passed away on May 28 at the age of 41 after a five-year battle with cancer. He worked as an engineer for M/E Engineering in Rochester for 19 years. You can find the obituary here.

Prove your chapter is the best by winning the 50th Anniversary Chapter Trivia Contest
Go to aspe.org/50_triviacontest for rules and to download the answer sheet. Only one answer sheet per chapter will be accepted!
June 12 question: What was the topic of the ASPE Research Foundation’s first successfully completed project?

Get out of the office and network with ASPE members
Find out what’s happening in your area at aspe.org/ChapterEvents.

Blame old pipes for increased water bills
Water rates may increase at least 10 percent annually over the next decade to cover the costs of repairing aging infrastructure, according to water utilities surveyed by Black & Veatch Corp. The problem is exacerbated by decreased revenues due to water conservation measures and stagnant new home construction.

How toilet shortages lead to crimes against women
Due to a severe lack of private facilities, half of India’s 1.2 billion citizens are forced to defecate in open fields, leaving them vulnerable to harassment, assault, and even murder. The toilet shortage also costs India more than $50 billion a year through premature deaths and hygiene-related diseases. More>>

Innovative water projects chosen to protect NYC and NJ from future flooding
The six winning projects of a design competition created by the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force include an eight-mile long system of dikes around the tip of lower Manhattan and water parks and pumps to discharge runoff in New Jersey. More>>

Fourth ETS builds stronger industry/government bridges
The International Emerging Technology Symposium recently held in Washington, D.C., for which ASPE was a co-sponsor, offered an excellent forum for plumbing and mechanical industry professionals to engage with government officials to find solutions to the country's most pressing water and energy challenges. More>>

Architect licensure upon graduation proposal gains national endorsement
The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards recently announced its endorsement of a new path toward licensure that would allow architectural students to earn intern experience and take their licensing exam while still in school. More>>

Public comments sought for the IgCC
The International Code Council seeks pubic comments on the Report of Committee Action Hearings for the International Green Construction Code. Public comments will be accepted via cdpACCESS through July 16. The report and instructions on submitting comments can be found here.

Free webinar on managing leakage being held next Thursday
On June 19, the Alliance for Water Efficiency will host a webinar on a recent research project that created a user-friendly model to analyze and reduce water utility system leakage. More>>

Water well construction standard receives ANSI approval
ANSI/NGWA-01-14, published by the National Ground Water Association, covers site selection, casing installation, performance testing, chlorine disinfection, water sampling and analysis, and well and test-hole decommissioning, among other topics. More>>

2015 editions of the International Codes are now available
Those who purchase the 2015 I-Codes will receive a free submission to ICC's new Code Alert service that provides critical code updates as well as free access to videos, excerpts from support documents, and training resources. More>>

Green Globes offers new Sustainable Interiors rating system
Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors for tenant improvement projects, fit-outs, and remodels covers six environmental assessment areas: energy, materials and resources, indoor environment, water, project management, and emissions.

New design guidelines for residential healthcare facilities to be released this month
Guidelines for Design and Construction of Residential Health, Care, and Support Facilities, published by the Facility Guidelines Institute, provides a new set of minimum standards for a wide range of long-term residential care facilities.

RPA to hold its annual conference at the 2015 AHR Expo
The Radiant Professionals Alliance Annual Meeting and Conference will be held on January 27, 2015 in Chicago and will include a complete radiant and hydronic training and education program. More>>



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